Yanbu is a beautiful city located on the shores of the Red Sea. The name Yanbu comes from the Arabic word for a spring. The city dates back some 2,500 years when it was a trading and caravan stopping post. Spice and incense traders would have been common.
In more recent years, the city has grown because of the oil refineries, petrochemical industry, and a large desalination plant. Being on the Red Sea and also a port city, Yanbu is a strategic outlet. It has direct access to the Suez Canal. In addition, King Fahad Industrial Port is the largest oil and petrochemical exporting complex on the Red Sea. It is this port that has transformed the city.
There are around 500,000 people that live here. This is because the Saudi government designated Yanbu to be one of the country’s two new industrial centres. Otherwise, it would still be a sleepy village. As a result, Saudis and others from around the world come here to make a living.
- Pray for the Juhayna, Harb and Ashraf tribes that are prevalent in the Yanbu area. Pray that God would reveal himself to them in dreams and visions of Jesus. Pray that God would break through the thick wall of Islam so that the people can read the Word and learn about who Jesus really is. Pray that whole tribes would come to faith.
- Pray that Yanbu’s name would come true spiritually, that the people would believe and receive the Holy Spirit, the river of living water (John 7:38, 39). Pray that Springs of Living Water would flow through this land and that many Saudis in Yanbu would come to faith in Christ.
- Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send believers to work in the Yanbu Industrial area to be witnesses for Him.